Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Under 19's secured a 34-14 win over the travelling Catalan Dragons, Matt Foster reports.
In what was a fairly comfortable affair for the home side, tries from Liam Senior, Declan Brereton (2), George Lord, Harry Swan, Shaun Woofitt and Christian Ackroyd proved too much for Catalan, who only joined the Under 19’s league at the beginning of the season.
The game started off with a try after two minutes as Senior dotted down from a couple of metres out after a quick ball from dummy half. Tom Megretton added the extra two points to make it 6-0.
Another try was quick to follow as Judah Mazive provided an inch perfect long ball to Brereton, who finished well in the corner. Megretton could not convert, leaving the score at 10-0.
Minutes later, Brereton got his second and Trinity's third of the game after a finely placed kick from Ackroyd was pounced on by the winger, despite the Catalan full-back's best efforts. The conversion, in a very similar position to the previous attempt, was unsuccessful. 14-0.
The game went fairly quiet after 15 minutes, as both teams failed to breach each other’s defence. However, the quiet spell didn't last long as a piece of individual brilliance from Sam Blake, displaying a delightful 'show and go', fooled the Dragons defence before the hooker handed it over to Lord, who went in for the try. Megreton was unable to convert, leaving the scores at 18-0.
Catalans showed plenty of spirit and centre Yahoi Fouad left the crowd stunned with what was an excellent display of pace and athleticism to score in the left hand corner after starting from inside his own half. However, the conversion was missed, leaving Catalans with a 14 point deficit heading into half-time.
HALF TIME: Wakefield Wildcats 18 Catalan Dragons 4
The Wildcats started the second half in similar fashion to how they started the first as Woofitt bulldozed his way through a couple of Catalan players to score under the posts. The conversion good by Megretton, which made the score 24-4.
A few mistakes from Wakefield left Catalan with a chance to add to their points tally and they took that chance with open arms as Ilias Bergal finished off some good play. The Dragons were unable to convert. 24-8.
As Catalan looked to put more pressure on the Wildcats, a huge defensive effort from Swan, backed up by the impreesive Mazive, saw them drive Bergal into touch when another try looked like it was on the way.
After this, Wakefield took their initial threshold of the game back and great play from Mazive, when it looked inevitable that he would be bundled into touch, saw the home side cross again, as he somehow shifted the ball back to Swan. The centre managed to get the ball down to extend Trinity's lead. Megretton failed to convert, leaving the score at 28-8.
The game was over by this point, so a late Catalan try acted as nothing more than a consolation; with French prop Belmas scoring under the posts and when the conversion went over, the scoreboard read 28-14.
Wakefield weren't going to take their foot off the gas though and Ackroyd’s sidestep bamboozled the Catalans full back, enough to leave him on the floor. The half-back then burst through the open gap to reach over for arguably the try of the game. Megretton’s conversion was successful and gave Stu Dickens' men a comfortable 34-14 win which will send them into the next game with huge confidence.
FULL TIME: Wakefield Wildcats 34 Catalan Dragons 14